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Shmuel Shattach, Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avoda – Part Three

This past year has seen growing public legitimacy for the work of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah (NTA,) a moderate voice in Israel’s religious community. One example: On Sukkot, NTA published an insert in the widely read religious, nationalist, conservative newspaper Makor Rishon on why religious families should send their children to liberal, open-minded schools. The supplement included articles by rabbis and other religious leaders who in the past refused to be publicly associated with NTA and its liberal worldview. Continue reading

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Shmuel Shattach, Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avoda – Part Two

Your intrepid reporter is interviewing Shmuel Shattach in the Hebrew University cafeteria when he gets a WhatsApp that MK Bezalel Smotrich, chair of the Union of Right-Wing Parties, is suing his organization for libel. There’s no basis to the claim, says Shmuel. But it’s all in a day’s work for the director of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avoda (NTA.)  Continue reading

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Shmuel Shattach, Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avoda – Part One

Shmuel Shattach was all set to follow in his banker’s family’s footsteps when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Shmuel was nearing the end of his army service as a commander in the paratroopers and it was time to apply to university. 

“The assassination grabbed me and made a switch,” says Shmuel. “I felt I had to go into education and try to make a difference in the religious sector. Continue reading

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